Rabbi: Jeffrey T. Segelman
Rabbi Jeffrey Segelman has been the rabbi of the Westchester Jewish Center since 1987. Born and raised in Boston, he received bachelors’ degrees from Boston University and Boston Hebrew College. He earned his master’s degree and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. Before coming to WJC, he was the rabbi of the Wayne Conservative Congregation. He is married to Marla and is the father of Aviva (and Jeremy), Elan (and Elisheva) and Uri, and grandfather of Ateret, Menachem and Malka. Rabbi Segelman recently returned from a sabbatical leave during which time he devoted his energies to learning and writing, particularly in the areas of Kabbalah, worship and modern spirituality.
Cantor: Ethan Goldberg
Cantor Ethan Goldberg joins WJC in the Fall of 2014 after a musical odyssey that has taken him from Camp Ramah in the Poconos, where he has been the music director for seven years, to Brandeis University, where he graduated with a degree in music-voice performance and Judaic studies, to the Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he is scheduled to graduate from in 2016. Cantor Goldberg is looking forward to leading our congregation with a shared musical vocabulary, allowing us all to feel part of one community - with a common repertoire and mood and musical feeling!
Assistant Rabbi: Loren Monosov
Rabbi Loren Monosov has returned to WJC as our assistant rabbi after receiving her rabbinic ordination and a masters with a concentration in Pastoral Care from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in May 2010. Rabbi Monosov previously taught in the WJC religious school, served as the synagogue’s rabbinic intern and was our Youth Director. She has also taught in a number of settings, including Camp Ramah Nyack and the Ivry Prozdor High School at JTS. Rabbi Monosov also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Bellevue Hospital, NY during rabbinical school. She obtained her undergraduate degree from The George Washington University where she met her husband Jeremy. Rabbi Monosov is the proud parent of her daughter, Hannah Rebecca.
Executive Director: Susan Lurie
Susan Lurie came to WJC in 2000 after holding professional positions in the Jewish community for more than fifteen years. She was a Jewish Community Center executive and held a national professional position at the Jewish Community Center Association of North America before joining the staff of the Westchester Jewish Center. Susan holds a BA in psychology and education and an MA in psychology. She is a long-time resident of the Larchmont/Mamaroneck area and feels right at home in the WJC community.
Early Childhood Director: Sabrina Landau
Sabrina Landau, originally from New Rochelle, NY. She has been the Early Childhood Director at WJC since 2012. She has years of experience in Jewish education and has worked as a Preschool Director, a Preschool Camp Director and a Consultant on learning and teaching at Early Childhood Centers across the country. Along with teaching and administrative skills, Sabrina brings creative talents - as a tap dancer, horseback riding instructor and theatrical director - to share with the children and families of the Westchester Jewish Center. She received her MA in Jewish Education from Touro College and completed the doctoral program at Azrieli Graduate School. Sabrina is a proud parent of her son, Yaakov who is spending the year in Israel to further his Jewish education.
Education Director: Aleza Kulp
Aleza Kulp, originally from Margate, New Jersey, began working as the Education Director and Family Life Coordinator at WJC in 2001. Prior to her joining WJC she worked for three years as the Educational Director at a Conservative synagogue in New Jersey. Aleza received her MA in Jewish Education from The Jewish Theological Seminary and has studied at Hebrew University. Aleza has also worked at Camp Ramah in the Poconos and Ramah Programs in Israel. Aleza loves working with the youth and families of our congregation. Her goal for each child in our synagogue is that they embrace their own Jewish identity and enjoy being a part of our congregation. Aleza is a proud parent of her son Leor. Together, they love being a part of the WJC community!
Assistant Religious School Principal: Ziva Wagner
Ziva Wagner is originally from Staten Island, N.Y. She is excited to join the WJC in a new capacity as assistant principal of the Religious School. Ziva has taught in the Religious School for six years. She taught from 1999-2004 and again in 2013-2014. Ziva taught in the fifth and sixth grades. Ziva spent one year studying in Israel and then continued her studies at Stern College for women and Azrieli graduate school. She resides in Teaneck, N.J. with her husband and four children.
Director of Youth Programs: Lizz Goldstein
Lizz Goldstein is excited to join WJC in the new position of Director of Youth Programs, where she will have multiple roles that include Youth Director, B'nei Mitzvah tutor, Teen Minyan leader and sixth grade teacher in our Religious School. These positions will offer Lizz the opportunity to form relationships with our children across all age groups as well as with their families. Lizz graduated from Hampshire College and is currently a fourth year student at the Academy for Jewish Religion, pursuing a career in Jewish youth engagement. Lizz expects to be ordained as a Rabbi from AJR in 2016.
Librarian: Arlene Ratzabi
Arlene has been the Librarian of Westchester Jewish Center for the past four years. Arlene began her library career in Israel after completing her Masters in Library Science at Columbia University. She spent ten years as a professional librarian in Israel, first as a Periodicals Librarian at the National and University Library in Jerusalem, and then as the Acquisitions Librarian at the Central Library of Agricultural Science in Rehovot. After moving back to New York, she used her library background to begin a new career as an Executive Recruiter with a boutique recruiting firm. Through the years Arlene became very involved with her synagogue in Queens and decided that she would like to return to the Jewish community in a professional capacity and use her library background and joined the staff of the Westchester Jewish Center.
Superintendent: Jose Luis Fonseca
Jose Luis Fonseca began working at WJC in May 1989 and WJC could not function without him and his staff. In addition to his own family, which includes three children, Jose Luis enjoys being part of the larger WJC family. Jose Luis was born in Mexico and the community recently celebrated his becoming a U.S. citizen. WJC's excellent custodial staff keeps our building and premises clean and in working order. They are always available to help teachers, staff, and congregants.
Office Manager: Naomi Kauffman
Naomi Kauffman comes to WJC with a background in Paralegal and office Management services. She joined the WJC staff in 2006. As Office Manager, Naomi utilizes her expertise in technology, website management and social media. Naomi effectively coordinates office systems, the synagogue calendar, and internal and external communication, ensuring that all members of the community are able to access information about WJC programs and services using systems that are cutting edge and user friendly. Naomi lives in Larchmont, and is mother to Jessica and Samantha.
Administrative Assistant: Rosie Aronin
Rosie Aronin joined the WJC administrative support staff in 2012. She has worked in the Jewish community for close to 25 years, including 17 years at a synagogue in Northern Westchester, and as a Hebrew School teacher in Washington, D.C. She holds an undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College, and has studied Jewish Education at the graduate level. Rosie continues to pursue Jewish learning in informal settings. Rosie and her husband Simon live in White Plains, and have three grown children.
Religious School Secretary: Kim Lewis
Kim Lewis has worked at WJC since 1991. She has served as the office secretary as well as secretary to the clergy and the Youth Department. Kim is currently the secretary for the Religious School, where WJC kids will be greeted by her smiling face and friendly voice. Because of her tenure in the office, Kim also helps serve as institutional memory for WJC. Kim is married to her college sweetheart and has three boys.
Early Childhood Secretary: Doris Vargas
Doris Vargas has been secretary to the Early Childhood Director for fifteen years and anyone who has had a child in the Nursery School in that time has been greeted by Doris’s smiling face. While Doris’s official position is secretary, she is an essential member of the Early Childhood team and helps to ensure that parents have their questions answered, teachers have what they need, and children get their pretzels and band aids.
Bookkeeper: Millie Briceno
Millie Briceno joined WJC as its bookkeeper in November 2003. Prior to coming to WJC, she was the bookkeeper at Excell Home Fashions for over 39 years. She brings her outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail and enjoys working at WJC. Millie is a mother and a grandmother and she has a son who serves in the US Military.